Three years after the release of their first cookbook Trap Kitchen: Bangin’ Recipes From Compton and a whirlwind of success later, former rival gang members turned famous chefs Malachi “Spank” Jenkins and Roberto “News” Smith are back with a second serving.
Trap Kitchen: Mac’N All Over The World will combine the soul of macaroni and cheese from the heart of Compton with the flavors of regions around the world. And just like last time, the cookbook will take another deep dive into the journey of Trap Kitchen’s growth since they first made their mark in the literary world.
From a business that started selling plates through their living room window via Instagram ads to now having multiple food trucks and even a brick and mortar store, Mac’N All Over The World continues where the first cookbook left off, inspiring people from all walks of life to follow their passion no matter what the odds are. And following a year like 2020, the message hits that much harder.
It’s not just Jenkins and Smith whose lives changed since the last cookbook, either – they’ll explain how platinum-selling, Grammy nominated rapper Roddy Ricch went from delivering plates for Trap Kitchen just a few years ago to now being one of their most frequent customers. And of course, mac and cheese is his favorite – much like a lot of Trap Kitchen’s celeb clientele.
As noted by Time Out on their 2018 best-of cookbooks list, the unlikely chef duo just “make food fun.” Both a good read and a necessary weapon for your culinary arsenal, Trap Kitchen: Mac’N All Over The World takes mouth-watering mac and cheese recipes that will win any holiday get-together and combines them with inspiring, funny and real stories that started in the trap and took it worldwide.
Malachi Jenkinsand Roberto Smithare childhood friends from neighboring rival gangs, brought together by their two passions: food and girls. Today they are the co-founders and owners of Trap Kitchen LA. The underground culinary experience was completely fueled off Instagram. Their colorful past has made them media darlings, having appeared on the Today Show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, VICE, The Huffington Post, Fox 11 News, and BET.
Marisa Mendez is a media personality and journalist who has built her reputation around all things digital, working for some of the biggest names in entertainment and hip-hop. The New Jersey native is most recognized for her work as the co-host of Joe Budden’s I’ll Name This Podcast Later, at Hot 97 on Ebro In The Morning, and as a writer on Funkmaster Flex’s blog, In Flex We Trust. After leaving Joe’s podcast, Marisa launched her own, Marisa Explains It All, which hit number one on iTunes’ Music Podcasts chart after just two episodes. In addition to her career on the mic, she is also a digital strategist, and has managed social media campaigns for Pusha T’s clothing line Play Cloths, French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj and more.